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Menachem Stark stalked for weeks before slaying: Police

January 08, 2014 05:26PM

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Menachem Stark  (Photo credit: Eli Wohl) and the minivan

One of at least two men believed to have kidnapped and killed Williamsburg landlord Menachem Stark was staking him out for two weeks prior to last Thursday’s incident.

The man, who remains unidentified, was seen in the Brooklyn neighborhood as early as Dec. 19. Stark’s widow told police she saw a Dodge Caravan minivan matching the description the car that nabbed him parking outside their house roughly one week before the abduction. A third person may have been in the van and served as the driver, law enforcement sources said.

The description of the killers “led us to believe that the suspects are not American. They could be from out of the country, possibly Europe,” a source told the New York Post.

Stark owed large sums of money ranging from thousands of dollars to hundreds of thousands of dollars, and one of his creditors may have run out of patience, reports said. Stark’s partner Israel Perlmutter is also a possible suspect in the case, according to the Post, but Perlmutter denied any allegations about his role in the killing. [NYP]Mark Maurer

  • anon

    yeah, Europeans stalked him in a beat up old Chrysler minivan…riiiight!
    sounds far more like it’s a far more local than that. Locals that drive these vehicles. Know what I mean?

    • d

      drive down any street in south williamsburg and minivans are lined up. nahmean

    • Brian Geary

      Don’t discount the possibility one of the “locals” in his “community” hired someone from the “old country”. It would be very easy for the hitmen to do the job and then immediate and get onto the flight. To a country that is usually reluctant to extradite its own people.

    • zs

      i think its brilliant they used a minivan to stalk him. It fits right into the neighborhood without creating any attention or curiosity. no one would take a second look! If they would have stalked him with a black SUV with tint Mr Stark “rest in peace” would have been alerted and gone before they had a chance to do anything.

    • disqus_Z4hu1NmtrG

      They must have been German. Damn Germans!

  • vintagestock

    “The description of the killers “led us to believe that the suspects are not American. They could be from out of the country, possibly Europe,” a source told the New York Post.” Yes, we all know that italians, irish,russians, polish, anglo saxons emigrants never existed in NY!

    • zs

      well said!

    • disqus_Z4hu1NmtrG

      At least they narrowed it down to Europeans. LOL

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